Morning Skate: Flyers want to 'follow suit' after watching Eagles' Super Bowl win

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Morning Skate: Flyers want to 'follow suit' after watching Eagles' Super Bowl win

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while getting ready for Olympics season to get in full swing. Good luck to Team USA, and to all of my NBC colleagues ready to bring the action to us from South Korea. 


*The Philadelphia Flyers are pumped up watching the Eagles win the Super Bowl, and want to “follow suit” for the rest of their season on Broad Street. 


*The Dallas Stars are experiencing the Ken Hitchcock Effect this season and it’s been a very good thing from a team success point of view. 


*Jaroslav Halak is keeping the New York Islanders afloat as their skaters trying to figure out a way to get their respective games back.


*San Jose Sharks sniper Logan Couture legitimately wonders if his Olympic window is shutting on him as he sits out this time around with the rest of the league. Brad Marchand is certainly wondering the same thing in Boston as this winter would have been his best chance to play for Team Canada as well. You can hear that in his voice every time he talks about what a bitter disappointment it is that the NHL isn’t going to South Korea this month to compete. 


*The continued success story of the Vegas Golden Knights has been a great one in the NHL this season, even if it wasn’t a successful return to Pittsburgh for Marc-Andre Fleury on Tuesday night. 


*For something completely different: This guy is worried there may be too much Star Wars coming because the Game of Thrones creators are signing for a Star Wars movie project. So you’re concerned that the duo behind one of the best fantasy TV series ever is going to take a crack at Star Wars? Dude, shut up with the ridiculous think pieces. If Marvel can crank out highly entertaining, super-high material multiple times a year, then Star Wars can and should be the same thing. Bottom line. 


Krejci snaps tie late in 3rd, Bruins rally past Oilers 3-2

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Krejci snaps tie late in 3rd, Bruins rally past Oilers 3-2

David Krejci broke a tie with 1:04 remaining and the Boston Bruins rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Noel Acciari and Matt Grzelcyk also scored for the Bruins (37-13-8), who have won seven of nine and are one point back of Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division and overall NHL standings.

Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira had the goals for the Oilers (24-31-4), who have lost seven of eight.

The Oilers scored the game's first goal with 1:31 left in the opening period - despite being outshot 13-2 to that point - when Strome beat Boston goalie Anton Khudobin on a 2-on-1 break for his ninth of the season.

The Bruins came close five minutes into the second when David Pastrnak's shot clanged off the post behind Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot, but instead the Oilers extended their lead just more than six minutes later when a knuckler by Khaira beat Khudobin up high.

The shots favored the Bruins 29-14 through 40 minutes.

Boston got on the board 4:37 into the third when Acciari swung a puck in front of the Edmonton net and it bounced off Strome and in to make it 2-1.

The Bruins tied it with eight minutes to play after a flurry in front led to Grzelcyk putting the puck past a diving Talbot.

Boston completed the comeback with just 64 seconds to play in the third, after the Oilers lost control of the puck in their own end. Danton Heinen sent the puck out in front, allowing Krejci to score his 11th of the season.

NOTES: It was the second and final meeting this season between the teams. The Oilers took the first game 4-2 in Boston on Nov. 26. ... Oilers defenseman Kris Russellplayed his 700th NHL game. ... The Bruins acquired D Nick Holden from the New York Rangers for minor league defenseman Rob O'Gara and their third-round pick in this year's draft. Holden was not in Edmonton in time for the game.


Bruins: Saturday at Toronto.

Oilers: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.


More AP NHL:

Jarome Iginla practices with P-Bruins

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Jarome Iginla practices with P-Bruins

Jarome Iginla skated with the Providence Bruins in the AHL team's practice on Tuesday, according to the Providence Journal.

Iginla doesn't want to retire yet. But he's not necessarily going to get a shot in Boston. The Bruins aren't interested in signing the 40-year-old winger, but instead wanted to do him a favor, a source told the Providence Journal.

"I'd love to still play," Iginla told the Providence Journal. "This is kind of the first step, getting out here and seeing how it is. … I wanted to see if I can still go. I don't have any deals at this point."

Iginla has had a prolific career with 525 goals and 570 assists (1,095 points). During his 2016-17 season, he spent time with the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings. He played in 80 games, and finished with 14 goals, 13 assists and a minus-30 rating.